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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Jon Williams Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hardwired Series Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455191703
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In Walter Jon Williams’ classic cyberpunk novel, the remnants of a war-ravaged America endure in scattered, heavily armed colonies, while the wealthy Orbital Corporations now control the world. Cowboy, an ex–fighter pilot who has become “hardwired” via skull sockets directly to his lethal electronic hardware, is now a panzerboy, a hi-tech smuggler riding armored hovertanks through the balkanized countryside. He teams up with Sarah, an equally cyborized gun-for-hire, to make a last stab at independence from the rapacious Orbitals. Together, they gather an unlikely gang of misfits for a ride that will take them to the edge of the atmosphere.

This action-packed adventure is a must-read for science fiction fans everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hardwired is a tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars—glittering, nasty, and noble—and told in a style perfectly suiting its content. It has all my favorite things—blood, love, fire, hate, and a high ideal or two. I wish I’d written this one.”

    Roger Zelazny, Hugo, Locus, and Nebula award–winning author

  • “Williams’ use of language is as explosive and as techno-tinged as the world he describes. Reading the book is like taking a jet ride across a futuristic America, with acceleration forcing you back in your seat all the way.”

    Tom Von Malder

  • “A tough, sleek juggernaut of a story, punctuated by strobe-light movements, coursing to the wail of jets and the twang of steel guitars.”

    Roger Zelazny

  • “Heavy-metal adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nigel | 2/14/2014

    " A fun read, a science fiction 'heavy metal' novel, set in a futuristic postwar america where the huge orbiting corporations rule, and man is literally 'hardwired' to his technology. The writing is fast-paced, the tone is dark and the story is gripping. It's apparently considered to be one of the three 'founding' cyberpunk novels, along with William Gibson's Neuromancer and Bruce Sterling's 'The Artificial Kid'. Definitely worth a read. If you like dark foreboding rollercoaster scifi novels that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean Henry | 2/8/2014

    " I always end up coming back to this book when I fall into a Gibson mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Sieger | 2/7/2014

    " This was fun to read. Cyberpunk at its best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Case | 2/2/2014

    " This is a cutting edge novel with a fabulous ending and a hard core story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torben | 1/23/2014

    " Excellent Cyberpunkt, fast paced action, won't let you sit idle while reading. A definitive recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerimi | 1/20/2014

    " Ignore the kind of dated cover. This is a great read, and an excellent introduction to cyberpunk. The only thing is the number of times the editor allowed "bob wire" to slip through uncorrected. Drove me bananas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grimgrin | 12/12/2013

    " Viva en el Ciudad del Dolor? You must read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesterjoker | 12/10/2013

    " Hardcore cyberpunk about a smuggler and a bodyguard. Absolutely a crazy maniacal read and quite impressive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/2/2013

    " Having read only a few other cyberpunk novels before, I was happy to read another and broaden my horizons a little bit. While sometimes the book seems a little to prose happy I thought Williams did a great job with the characters and story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 11/20/2013

    " My favorite cyberpunk book (I enjoyed it much more than Neuromancer). Even though some of the technology is a bit dated (lack of cell phones) I still find the story holds up well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simeonberesford | 11/30/2012

    " one of the original works of the genre it set high standards "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neil Hepworth | 8/24/2012

    " Not a bad book, I guess. I just realized on page 180 that I didn't really like the genre, I found the preset tense narration annoying, and that I didn't want to finish the book. So I didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JTony | 5/27/2012

    " Really loved Williams take on Cyberpunk. Both slicker and grittier than Gibson, Stephenson, or The Matrix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mardoufox | 1/21/2012

    " I found this action fiction hard to put down. I really must read some more of this fellow's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 1/1/2012

    " I don't remember a lot about this book, but I do have a very vivid picture of the way Sarah assassinates the guy in the first few chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 9/14/2011

    " One of the great Cyberpunk novels. Less well known than Neuromancer and perhaps less bold, it is actually more enjoyable with a better narrative and more memorable characters. Would make a great movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherman | 7/21/2011

    " I read this way back in high school and I remember it being less cyberpunk and more adventure tale with some cyberpunk elements to it. Still, it was fun and I don't regret picking it up. Again, good for when you have nothing better to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Otty Medina | 3/18/2011

    " This had ALOT of potential, but the end was a bit underwhelming... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 3/4/2011

    " A top notch cyber punk thriller with plenty of military SF added in. A great book. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gus Ferguson | 3/3/2011

    " Amazing hard sci-fi novel. Hardwired's conspiracy theory based vision of a biologically enhanced, but freedom-less future is very compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 2/26/2011

    " My favorite cyberpunk book (I enjoyed it much more than Neuromancer). Even though some of the technology is a bit dated (lack of cell phones) I still find the story holds up well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Otty | 1/22/2011

    " This had ALOT of potential, but the end was a bit underwhelming... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 12/20/2010

    " I don't remember a lot about this book, but I do have a very vivid picture of the way Sarah assassinates the guy in the first few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 11/29/2010

    " A classic of early cyberpunk that I've long neglected. I've got this one and the sequel, Voice of the Whirlwind. Early cyberpunk was so much better... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 10/21/2010

    " Effing great cyberpunk - needs to be made into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mardoufox | 3/14/2010

    " I found this action fiction hard to put down. I really must read some more of this fellow's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 3/12/2010

    " This is a cutting edge novel with a fabulous ending and a hard core story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simeonberesford | 3/14/2009

    " one of the original works of the genre it set high standards "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 9/21/2008

    " A top notch cyber punk thriller with plenty of military SF added in. A great book. I highly recommend it. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams has been nominated for every major science fiction award, including Hugo and Nebula award nominations for his novel City on Fire. His books include The Sundering, The Praxis, Destiny’s Way, and The Rift. He lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.